I spent last weekend in London (and by weekend, I mean Sunday to Tuesday), and it defied stereotype right and left. The weather was gorgeous and the food was delicious! Seriously. Upon arrival, we were directed to a restaurant near our hotel for the best fish and chips in the neighborhood (and arguably, all of London, so they claimed at the hotel).
The green stuff on the plate with the fish is called “mushy peas.” Terrible name, but the stuff was rather tasty. There was a bit of mint in there with the peas, giving it a fresh, springy flavor that worked really well with the crisp fried fish.
The next day, we lunched at a fantastic little spot called The Modern Pantry.
As you can see, it was sunny that day, too. The restaurant had a selection of “small plates” as well as more substantial main dishes. I opted for a plate of fritters made of dried fruit and halloumi cheese, served with a tamarind yogurt sauce, followed by a salad with olives, green beans, spiced pecans, roasted grapes, a slab of toasted cheese, and a lavosh cracker. Nick chose the pork belly dish, and says that the picture below “looks almost as good as it tasted.”
For dessert we had a beautiful bowl of rice pudding ice cream in a pool of poached rhubarb and caramelized banana.
One interesting thing we noted: all those quintessentially English pint (and half-pint) glasses…
Made in France. Who knew?
Originally published on Croque-Camille.